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IPSWICH rail commuters will have to endure more pain before long-term gain with six additional track closures planned for vital work to improve reliability.
The work includes replacing the turnouts, which allow trains to change between tracks and is expected to log 41,000 hours of construction work.
Between now and August the Ipswich line will be closed for nine weekends.
Public transport advocacy group Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said the closures will test commuter's patience. The services will be replaced by buses, but Mr Dow said commuters should not have to pay for trips while the lines are shut.
"The substitute rail buses need to be free. Touching your Go Card on and running out to the buses is not customer friendly," he said.
Queensland Rail acting executive general manager Network Rob Green said the work will increase reliability and on-time running performance for Ipswich passengers.
"The current condition of existing infrastructure at Ipswich, Redbank and Dinmore is resulting in a high maintenance regime and impacting on time running performance for our Ipswich passengers," he said.
"This upgrade will allow us to boost performance on the Ipswich line, which carries 65% of the freight services on the city network a week and approximately 2600 passenger services per month, through increasing train speeds and reducing service disruptions."
Mr Green said Queensland Rail would utilise a number of scheduled closures over the coming months to deliver the important upgrade.
"We understand that track closures can cause some inconvenience to our customers, but I am confident they will result in an improved service."
This article first appeared on www.qt.com.au
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